Science

Science in First Grade


We explore weather systems, discover how balancing and weighing works, and build various habitats in our science courses. Students ask questions and caring, professional teachers help them to derive answers. Our standards-based science curriculum builds on students’ prior knowledge while introducing new science skills and concepts. Singing, dancing, engaging lessons, and caring teachers bring science to life for these young minds.


Science Option A

Balancing and Weighing

Students expand their knowledge of weighing and balancing various objects in this unit. We conduct fun experiments to see what types of things are heavier than others and then they investigate why. Students learn how to problem solve, think critically, and work in teams.

Students explore balance and discover that it is affected by three variables–the mass of an object, the length of the lever arm, and the position of the fulcrum.  We will use an equal-arm balance to conduct investigations, learning how to measure mass and how to arrange objects in serial order according to mass size.  We learn that mass is not directly related to volume as we measure the mass of equal volumes of foods.

We spice up this unit by giving students an opportunity to see how weights and measures work in the real world with an end of the unit culminating activity that relates the information to their own lives.

Lesson 1–Introduction to Balancing

Lesson 2–Learning How to Measure

Lesson 3–Introduction to Volume

Lesson 4–Introduction to Density

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Science Option B

Living Organisms

Taking advantage of children’s natural curiosity about plants and animals, we learn about and develop observational skills by caring for and surveying organisms in their environments. Students build and maintain an aquarium, a terrarium, a woodland habitat, and a freshwater habitat so that they may observe how organisms coexist, what their basic needs are, and what makes each organism unique.

Lesson 1–Observing and Caring for Organisms

Lesson 2–Aquariums and Terrariums

Lesson 3–Woodland Habitat

Lesson 4–Freshwater Habitat

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Science Option C

Discovering Weather

This course introduces students to the scientific concepts behind how weather works. Why do we see rainbows after a rainy day? Why are clouds shaped so oddly? Children ask these questions and many more about weather, and in this course we help them design and conduct experiments that answer those questions.

Lesson 1–What is Weather?

Lesson 2–Measuring Weather

Lesson 3–Weather Predictions

Lesson 4–Weather Changes

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Technology

Technology in First Grade


Even as young as five, children only benefit from technology education. Children at this age love digital devices and are fascinated by the characters they see on the screen. We capitalize on that fascination by introducing students to a variety of technology they can be successful with. Our kindergarten standards-based curriculum is infused with constantly evolving and engaging project-based lessons to keep your youngster learning!


Technology Option A

Introduction to Computer Programming for Grade 1

Every student should have an opportunity to learn about computing. Children are engaged by computers, laptops, and smartphones. In Introduction to Computer Programming for Grade 1, students go beyond using these devices, and learn how to program these technologies. Programming is simply giving the computer explicit directions on how to complete a task. Students write increasingly complex programs they can play with and share with their classmates and families, while learning how to collaborate with others, hone their problem-solving skills, and persist through challenging problems.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Computers

Tutorial on How to Use a Computer

Fun Online Destinations!

Lesson 2

Happy Maps (unplugged activity)

Move-It, Move-It (unplugged activity)

Drag-and-Drop

Lesson 3

Maze Sequence

Maze Debugging

Lesson 4

Algorithms

Bee Sequence

Lesson 5

Artist Sequence

Building a Foundation (unplugged activity)

Technology Option B

Discovering Technology:  Grade 1 Edition

We believe that technology is not to be explicitly taught to younger students. Instead, we immerse students in everyday technology they already use and teach them the technical skills in the process. Children leave this course with an expansive foundation of new technology skills.

Lesson 1–Parts of a Computer

Lesson 2–Parts of the Desktop and Introduction to Games

Lesson 3–Internet Use and Safety Guidelines

Lesson 4–Keyboarding

Lesson 5–Graphics Software

Technology Option C

Technology Connections

In this course, students get the opportunity to blend technology with other academic subjects. They learn about how and why technology is used in the classroom while studying science, math, art, music, and ELA. Students are introduced to websites, applications, and software programs designed for digital learning. Our labs blend investigation and innovation so that children leave this course with new technology skills to help them interact with their academic subjects throughout their school careers.

Lesson 1–Technology and Science

Lesson 2–Technology and Math

Lesson 3–Technology and Art

Lesson 4–Technology and Music

Lesson 5–Technology and ELA

Engineering

Engineering in the First Grade


The engineering curriculum is based on the design process used by professional engineers. We’ve designed such courses as Engineering in the Real World so that students can dig in and design fun projects that are modeled after real engineering projects. Children see how some of the most amazing structures of the world are built and create their own unique structures in Engineering Structures, and they build some pretty cool gadgets, such as rocket cars in Hands-On Engineering Labs.


Engineering Option A

Hands-On Engineering Labs

Towers, ramps, pillow forts, and rocket cars are just some of the things students design and build in this course. Students are introduced to fundamental engineering concepts while designing, building, and testing some pretty cool structures and machines! Children are natural-born engineers. They love to build, wreck, and build again! They can do that here, while learning engineering concepts that they will use long after the program ends.

Lesson 1–Towers, Ramps, Pillow Forts, and Lincoln Log Fun

Lesson 2–Newton Rocket Car Lab

Lesson 3–Backscratcher Invention Lab

Lesson 4–Colors and Heat Lab

Lesson 5–How Tall Are We, Really?

Engineering Option B

Engineering In The Real World

Even a play world of building and construction, from tools to vehicles and materials, can become a rich learning opportunity for children of this age, who are already high-energy and curious. In this course, students use construction tools, materials, and vehicles to build structures and engage with their environment to solve everyday problems that real engineers face.

Lesson 1–Construction Site Lab 1

Lesson 2–Construction Site Lab 2

Lesson 3–Transportation Lab 1

Lesson 4–Transportation Lab 2

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Engineering Option C

Engineering Structures

What child doesn’t want to build the tallest tower or the fastest marble run? In Engineering Structures students build towers, bridges, magnetic buildings, and other fun structures while they learn important engineering skills. Children are born builders (and wreckers!), and we build on those abilities while teaching kids how to problem-solve, work collaboratively in groups, and most importantly, to think like engineers.

Lesson 1–Building Towers Lab

Lesson 2–Bridges Lab

Lesson 3–Magnetic Building Lab

Lesson 4–Marble Run Lab

Lesson 5–Roller Coaster Lab

Math

Math in the First Grade


From math games to digital math, our curriculum blends fun and learning in a technology-rich environment that promotes blended learning and student success. Students are introduced to online learning opportunities in Digital Math, they get a head start on upcoming mathematical concepts in Math Missions:  Grade 1 Edition, and connect math with other disciplines such as art and history in Math Connections.


Math Option A

Digital Math

In this course, students are introduced to and practice new math skills using computers and tablets. They learn new technical skills while learning mathematics. The lessons in this course are colorful, cheerful, vibrant, constantly evolving, and most of all fun! Students learn new math concepts, how to navigate digital devices, how to work in teams, and how to be safe online.

Lesson 1–Internet Introduction Lab and Internet Safety Lab

Lesson 2–Introduction to Math Learning Software

Lesson 3–Games, Games, Math, and Games

Lesson 4–Math Websites

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Math Option B

Math Missions: Grade 1 Edition

In Math Missions: Grade 1 Edition, students are introduced to fundamental mathematical concepts that will give them an edge in school. We begin by reviewing essential skills that are necessary for further success in Grade 2. We then add to that skill set by immersing students in engaging learning activities that reinforce confidence in their mathematical abilities.

Lesson 1–Addition and Subtraction

Lesson 2–5 and 10 Relationships

Lesson 3–Comparing and Ordering

Lesson 4–Length

Lesson 5–Time

Math Option C

Math Connections

In this course, we learn how math lives all around us in almost everything we do. We show students that math is not just about numbers, that it is also connected to many other disciplines. We connect math with other interesting topics such as art and science, so that students recognize the immense ability to create and innovate even within the confines of mathematical rules. Why would we do this with children so young? Because the earlier kids begin to think like creators and innovators, the earlier they will create and innovate!

Lesson 1–Math and Art

Lesson 2–Math and Science

Lesson 3–Math and History

Lesson 4–Math and ELA

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

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